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1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition


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Now that my 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition collection has matured, I've decided to tackle material from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. My interest was sparked by research into Jules Charbneau and Seattle, small gold tokens, and so-called dollars in general. I'll use this thread to post my collection as it grows, much as I have done with the California Midwinter pieces.


I'll start with the official medal struck by the U.S. Mint in the Government Building at the Exposition. Joseph Mayer & Brothers were the official distributors of r the medals.




Hibler & Kappen 355

Copper, 32mm


The reverse of the official medal was also used for a Government Building medal. These were also struck by the mint, but I have not really researched the pieces that thoroughly. Exposition logos were not copyrighted and several companies struck medal with very similar designs. Some are signed, some are not.




Hibler & Kappan 364

Brass, 33mm

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Also posted elsewhere, but repeated for the new thread.




The official award medal were all struck in bronze and the text on the reverse changed for Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

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As with other expositions, some states had their own buildings and displays promoting their states. Utah issued a silver and a copper medal available in their exhibit. The silver medal is rare. Copper medals are more readily available:




Hibler & Kappan 359

Copper, 38mm


Produced by Diegas & Clist. N.Y.

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The set that sparked my interest and started me on this collecting topic. The three pieces are not hard to find, but a set with an original box is a difficult acquisition.




These pieces were designed by Jules Charbneau and were likely struck by Joseph Mayer & Bros. in Seattle.

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Joseph Mayer & Bros. made a large number of souvenirs for the exposition in addition to selling the official medals. A few examples include:


A watch fob:




Another watch fob:




and a pin:



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Wow, Yukon gold. :shock:


How do you forsee this collection maturing compared to the California exposition collection?


I'll go after it in the same depth as the California Midwinter, but my challenge will be celluloid buttons if I want to count them in a complete collection. The challenge is knowing when I have them all if I am willing to go after them and pay the price. Celluloid buttons were not really around in 1894. One of the events in the midway struck a saloon token and I already know that will be the toughest piece to acquire, much more difficult than the gold set. One piece struck to commemorate Taft will be another elusive piece. But, we'll see.




I know of one Taft medal from the AYPE and I have the opportunity to compete for it, but I already know it will be out of my price range. It is also doubtful that I will acquire a silver Utah medal unless I get really lucky one day.

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An advertising piece for United Cigars. It is struck in brass and high relief. This is a tough piece in the preservation presented here. I got lucky at a coin show when I found this example.



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Another interesting collection theme Bill. I like the logo they used. I especially like the pin. It looks to be in perfect condition.

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Okay, its not in the best of shape, but it didn't cost very much. How could I pass an encased 1909 VDB cent from the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition? Given that it was a west coast exposition, it should have been a S mint VDB. Oh well, it probably would have been too expensive if it had been so.



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I can only venture to guess that it was by a maker out East. A S VDB would had been quite interesting alright!


I believe there was a company in Philadelphia that made many of these good luck tokens up until the late 1970s in fact.

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It is not as flashy as some of the medals, but I was happy to pick up the Gold Camp Saloon souvenir token from the exposition. The exposition midway had a replica Alaska gold camp where one could experience all the misery of living in the gold fields. Just to make it even harder on the fair goer, the saloon was dry. No alcohol on the exposition grounds. Just a souvenir token and it wasn't even good for a drink! This piece was in Byron Johnson's collection at one time. He is a past president of the Token and Medal Society.



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I posted a gold award medal above (all the medals were struck in bronze). If you wanted a gold or silver medal, you had to have your's plated at your own expense. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to acquire a silver medal with its original award diploma. It is the center piece of my AYPE collection.



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Nice additions Bill. Great piece of photography/graphics in putting together the diploma picture.

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And now for a variety of watch fobs. Since the exposition logo was not copyrighted, everyone could use it in their designs. Minor differences help distinguish different makers if you have signed pieces to use a a key. Many watch fobs were signed so they are interesting for a variety of reasons. My collection so far:


Greenduck, Chicago




Schwaab Stamp and Seal, Milwaukee




One of my favorites, unsigned:




and a Joseph Mayer and Bros., Seattle:



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